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Television presenter, Anneka Rice - of the 1980’s C4 series Treasure Hunt fame – will make a flying visit to a Farnborough garden this afternoon to highlight the charity fundraising National Gardens Festival weekend.
Anneka will drop in on The Old Rectory in Farnborough, north of Chieveley and meet owners, Caroline and Michael Todhunter , who have opened their garden for charity for over 40 years.
She will also meet Jane Collins, Chief Executive of Marie Curie Cancer Care to which the National Garden Scheme has donated over £6 million.
Anneka is expected to land about 3.30pm and will be flying if the weather is bad.
The garden at The Old Rectory Farnborough will be open to the public tomorrow - Sunday, from 2pm to 5pm.
The garden will not be open to the public during Anneka Rice's visit.
Meanwhile, West Berkshire’s Westie owners are being called upon to get involved with a great Westie walk on Greenham Common today.
The chief executive of West Berkshire Mencap, Leila Ferguson, is aiming to get as many West Highland White Terriers together as possible for a walk around the common.
The congregation will meet at the control tower on Bury’s Bank Road, Greenham, at 11am.
Elsewhere, The West Woodhay House Charity Garden show will be looking to repeat the success of the past four years, which saw them raise over £250,000 for local charities.
This year’s charities will include The Newbury Spring Festival, Newbury Show Educational Trust, ABF the Soldiers Charity, Rotary Club charities, local churches and local youth groups.
Welly wanging, tug- o- war and belly dancing are just three of the events that will welcome visitors to the The Silchester Fete and Dog Show from 12pm – 3.30pm.
Music will be provided by the Proclaim choir, while Furry Foot the clown will be on hand to entertain guests.
The fete, which will be opened by 11-year-old Silchester’s Got Talent winner Thomas Hayward, will also feature a classic car show for the first time.
Food and refreshments available will include a real ale tent, bbq and a hogroast.
There is plenty of family fun to be had at Stockcross School annual fete and table top sale from 1-3pm, with BBQ, face painting, ice-cream, plants and many games stalls for the children including a bouncy castle.
A charity barn dance will be held at the Thatcham Memorial Hall from 7pm until 11pm. Tickets cost £9, including bar snack, and are available from The Family Book Shop in the Broadway, Thatcham.
The Cottage Inn, in Upper Bucklebury, will host a Newbury breast care fundraiser from midday to midnight, with a tombola, face painting, rodeo bull, bouncy castle, classic cars, Romany caravan, BBQ, beer tent + hog roast, live music from young group, Feedback.



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